Caterpillar Has A New Hybrid Tractor

Posted by: Bruce Nussbaum on July 22, 2009

Jessie Scanlon has a great piece on a new diesel/electric hybrid tractor out by Caterpillar. It’s innovation in a recession.

Caterpillar brought in customers early to learn what they wanted (versatility). And it used customers to provide feedback as it iterated the design.

Cat says the machine can be used in construction and mining—and is 30% more fuel efficient.

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Thad Setchell

April 26, 2011 1:39 PM

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